Bartering has been around for centuries as an alternative to money, but an unending recession has increased its existence as cash-strapped firms trade services through intermediaries to cut costs and reach out to new clients.
And in Florence, Italy customers are allowed to exchange vegetables and used goods for a traditional Tuscan dinner, in a way to encourage people to dine out despite the recession.
"We decided to open a restaurant, a gathering place for those who like to go out despite the crisis," said a local restaurant owner. "Many cannot afford to go out to dinner in the evening and don't have enough money to last to the end of the month. So we decided to go back to the old barter system."
Sure, many of us who grew up far "less" than wealthy here in the good ol' U.S.A would probably say keep whatever you have, cook your own meals AT HOME and suck it up. But dining out has apparently reached such a global crisis level that people are willing to barter for the privilege…or, um, the "right," whichever way you tend to look at it.
Anyway, read more here